PBS NewsHour Introduces New Weekly Science and Technology Series “Leading Edge”

Washington, DC (May 11, 2016) — Beginning tonight on the PBS NewsHour and each Wednesday going forward is the addition of a new science and technology reporting series named “Leading Edge.” Each week on NewsHour’s broadcast and curated online and distributed across social platforms, the series will explore a wide-range of topics from a variety of scientific fields including environment, space, and technology.

“At time when we can feel driven by so many urgent stories in the daily news cycle, we believe that it is vital that we make room for understanding these important topics that impact all of our lives,” said PBS NewsHour executive producer and WETA senior vice president Sara Just.

Segments will largely be reported by long-time PBS NewsHour science correspondent and Emmy Award recipient Miles O’Brien, a veteran journalist known for his commitment to the coverage of space, science, and technology.

Leading Edge will offer in-depth reporting on relevant and timely science and technology every week on the national nightly news broadcast. The first segment on hyperloop transportation airs Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Leading Edge joins additional PBS NewsHour weekly topic area commitments, including ‘Politics Monday’ with NPR’s Tamara Keith and Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter on Mondays, ‘Making the Grade’ education reporting on Tuesdays, business and economic reporting by Paul Solman for ‘Making Sen$e’ on Thursdays, and the longtime weekly series with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks with Judy Woodruff on Fridays.

About PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, Lincoln Financial Group, Fathom, and Genentech with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.

Media Contact: Nick Massella
Director of Audience Engagement and Communications, PBS NewsHour
nmassella@newshour.org